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Stupid Letter Shows Some People Still Don’t “Get” Global Warming

I found this on the Fredericksburg.com website and nearly crapped my pants at the stupidity.

There you go again, editorial writers [”Warming warning,” Aug. 15], demanding we do much more to curb global warming.


The editorial adds national parks to a long list of asserted victims if warming continues. Won’t you ever acknowledge that cooling has exacted a much greater toll on human lives than warming?

Besides, whatever we do about warming might well be totally ineffectual, because the Earth has been going through hot-cold cycles for thousands of years.

Yes, I view our planet as being virtually “impervious to anything we teeny-tiny humans could do,” as the editorial puts it.

Besides, there are more pressing problems we can do something about, which will yield results more surely and sooner. It’s said we now spend more on the global warming problem than on sealing our border with Mexico. Yet illegal alien inflows already

are slowing, reducing problems they cause right here, right now.Bjorn Lomborg, author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” claims further that the money could be much better spent on curing malaria and malnutrition for the good of all us “teeny-tiny” humans.In a recent interview about the alarmism over global warming, he said, “The effects of global warming are very often vastly exaggerated and one-sided, and that doesn’t lead to good judgments.”Precisely.Ben R. Blankenship Jr. Stafford

OK hmm Global Warming could devistate tens of millions of lives on this planet as sea levels rise, food production drops, hurricanes become more intense etc, while illegal aliens could, oh I don’t know, make your bed in a hotel! Yeah the drastic need to act is almost equal in both cases. I know maybe we could build a wall to keep CO2 out as well those damn Mexicans !! Kill two birds with one stone. (For those to dense to get it, that won’t work. Plus, I like Mexicans - no letters please)

Oh yeah and about that “cooling has extracted a much greater toll on human beings than warming?” Well gee, that’s like saying an ice age is more devistating than a sunny 70 degree day. So what? The problem is this is UNPRECEDENTED warming. The problem is that a vast chunk of the worlds population doensn’t live in the cold cold climes of the world, but in those warmer, lowlying coastal areas most likely to be impacted. You think Katrina was bad? You wait. Let Global Warming go unabated and we’ll see which has the greater toll on humanity.

Now you may think I’m being harsh, but whenever I see some ignorant fool quote The Skeptical Environmentalist I know I’m dealing with a boob. Why? Because Bjorn Lomborg is as much of an environmentalist as I am. By that I mean he’s not. He’s a statistician that has butchered the science surrounding Global Warming. Think I’m makign that up? Just ask the Danish Committee for Scientific Dishonesty that ruled on Lomborg’s work:

“the publication is deemed clearly contrary to the standards of good scientific practice… there has been such perversion of the scientific message in the form of systematically biased representation that the objective criteria for upholding scientific dishonesty … have been met”.

This guy is, to put it mildly, a fraud. Sorry if he’s the guy you’ve been hanging you’re hat on, then you’re an uneducated hack too. You are entitled to an opinion. It just happens to be wrong.


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14 Responses to “Stupid Letter Shows Some People Still Don’t “Get” Global Warming”

  1. Wait a second Tom… I understand your fears and dedication to Global Warming. But are you also saying that no one in the scientific community can say, “Hey wait a minute… before we jump to conclusions to what is actually happening….”

  2. NO sir, what I am saying is that Lomborg is in fact NOT in the scientific community and his own country found that his work was shoddy, unscientific and false.

    Scientist disagree over the scope and mechanism of global warming while agreeing that it is going on. That’s cool in my book. That’s how we refine our knowledge of the world. However when a guy abuses all scientific method I call bullshit. Lomborg is discredited in the scientific community. It is only on the conservative talk show circuit that he is even mentioned.

  3. Hell, man, The Washington Post in Nov 1922 had a headline warning of global warming. I guess it comes and goes with the global interaction with the sun.
    Man didn’t cause it. Man cannot fix it. Get real. Get some common sense. Not too long ago the media was warming against global freezing. The media are the last to know.

  4. Ah… the conservative talk show circuit… Here comes the argument now for the fairness doctrine…

    I’d love to see the guys that wrote Freakonomics take on the global warming argument.

    Hey william, cite your sources…

  5. Here is the article that William is refering to:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20070814/NATION02/108140063

    From the article:

    “D.C. resident John Lockwood was conducting research at the Library of Congress and came across an intriguing Page 2 headline in the Nov. 2, 1922 edition of The Washington Post: “Arctic Ocean Getting Warm; Seals Vanish and Icebergs Melt.”

    The 1922 article, obtained by Inside the Beltway, goes on to mention “great masses of ice have now been replaced by moraines of earth and stones,” and “at many points well-known glaciers have entirely disappeared.”

    “This was one of several such articles I have found at the Library of Congress for the 1920s and 1930s,” says Mr. Lockwood. “I had read of the just-released NASA estimates, that four of the 10 hottest years in the U.S. were actually in the 1930s, with 1934 the hottest of all.”

    This in conjunction with the recent downward revision of temps of the last century by NASA’s Hanson and you see legitimate reasons for doubt about the “settled science”

  6. I find it amusing that admin disregard what Lomborg has to say yet clings to the words of Al Gore and Michael Moore. Using the same “he is not a scientist”
    critique you have to take many who tout global warming out of the equation.

    Another interesting tid bit from the article linked to above:

    Worth pondering

    “Reacting yesterday to word that certain European governments and officials are suddenly trying to abandon their costly “global warming” policies, Royal Astronomical Society fellow Benny Peiser, of the science faculty at Liverpool John Moores University in Great Britain, recalls the teachings of Marcus Aurelius: “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”

  7. Well you can find it amusing that I dismiss Lomborg and not Al Gore or Michale Moore, but the jokes on you because Lomborg’s views do not hold up to factual scrutiny while Gore’s and Moore’s both have for the most part past the test (you can nit-pick anything, this is not what I’m talking about. I mean being flat out wrong vs missing a few points). If the subtle difference there escapes you, I’m not surprised.

    Oh and as for the WaPo article? So what? The study of Global Warming started last century, not 15 years ago, much to your dismay. Those glaciers that were disappearing? How many have come back? What has temperature done, as an overall trend, since the 1920’s? Has it, overall, gone down or up? Oh yeah and the 1920’s was kind of a big booming pollution period in the undustrialized world wasn’t it?

    Kind of a silly argument to me.

    Maybe you should go read last weeks Newsweek. The one that says Global Warming is a Myth- at least according to some people who are idiots. (or something close to that effect)

    Oh and William, I’d argue the science with you, but there isn’t much point because you haven’t actually presented a valid point.

  8. Let Global Warming go unabated and we’ll see which has the greater toll on humanity.

    I think you’ll find that ice ages have a vastly greater toll on humanity than anything this warming phase will throw at us, however unprecedented it may be.

    By the way, this is in no way a denial of global warming. It is a denial that warming will have a greater toll on humanity than an ice age.

  9. Craig given the sheer number of humans on the planet now, and the fact that a huge percentage of them in coastal areas, I fail to see how you can say that. When the last ice age hit, the bulk of humans did not live in the areas impacted. That’s why the cradle of civilization isn’t Norway, but the Middle East.

    and no, I’m not saying the ice age was ducky or anything, but your talking about a vastly different world, with a vastly different population that lives in areas most likely to be impacted

  10. Doesn’t water expand when it freezes? 2/3 to 3/4 of Oceanic ice is below water. Can you discredit that fact Tom?

    (You know I am just fucking with you!)

  11. Tom,
    The huge percentage of Humans will still live in costal areas…they’ll just move to areas that are, at the moment, not coastal. It’s not like there’ll be a tsunami wiping out most of the people that currently live in coastal areas. They’ll just have to adjust as the coastline changes. People will be more compressed. But dig. Warming means, among other things, those areas that are too cold now to have a growing season (or much of one to speak of, will then have growing seasons and many of the places that now have growing seasons may, in fact, have two growing seasons. The LA Times must mentioned that the global precipitation may be much greater than models suggested. Now I don’t know for sure, but it seems to me that that might mean less area will be desert and more area will be arable land. It will mean we’ll have to adjust to being more compressed but people can adjust to that.

    No doubt our world will be vastly different. But the last time an ice age hit, there were far fewer humans to try to live in the livable land that was left I just think what with permafrost covering much of the world, ice ages mean far less arable land than warmer ages. It also means, I think, far greater compression of people, since few people care to live like Eskimos and, even if they did, probably not many more people could survive in that kind of climate than currently do.

    I don’t know. I’m not an expert. Maybe my inner vision of the two worlds is way wrong.

  12. I only hope the most dire predictions of GW come true, so that I can sit up here at the North Coast (Cleveland) basking in those 80 degree winter days while the rest of humanity is suffering, ahh yes, the delight. I don’t know what I’ll eat but at least we’ll have some fresh water to drink.

    Sadly, several models predict that once enough arctic ice melts and shuts down the “gulf stream” (in quotes in the event one does not believe in it) it will cool the Northern Hemisphere and lead to another Ice Age, ironic indeed!

    Craig,
    Don’t ya think we should try to stop a cataclysmic event like GW from occuring or should we just accept our fate????

  13. Stop climate change? You’re joking, right? The climate has been changing between ice ages to warmer than now for hundreds of millions of years that we know of and probably since the earth cooled enough to HAVE ice ages. What’s that? Billions of years? And you think we’re going to stop this? Might as well try to stop a tornado by commanding it to stop or the earth from revolving or the universe from expanding.

    Magic thinking on steroids.

  14. Sorry Craig but your condesention doesn’t change the fact that we could reduce CO2 emmisions and reduce the warming effect NOW! Its not some far off distant future but what we do over the next 50 years as far exasperating the problem that will make a difference. As the old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Let’s pay that once of prevention now so that future generations won’t have to come up with that pound of cure…or hey, we could do nothing, pump CO2 into the air and watch our grandchildren suffer from the inaction and selfishness of our generation… I guess that’s really what the debate on this topic is about anymore, isn’t it?

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